Ph.D. Economics, Indiana University, 1993
B.S. Economics, Purdue University, 1988
B.A. Sociology, Purdue University, 1988
James is a Research Fellow at IFS and Co-Editor of Fiscal Studies. He holds the Carol Martin Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics in the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky, where he is Founding Director of the Center for Poverty Research and Founding Executive Director of the Kentucky Federal Statistical Research Data Center. He previously served as assistant and associate professor of economics at the University of Oregon, and has held visiting positions at the Brookings Institution, Russell Sage Foundation, University College London, University of Michigan, and University of Wisconsin. He is a labor economist with a research focus on tax and transfer policy, poverty, inequality, and food insecurity.